My remarks on Trump’s endorsement 'distorted': Mujahid

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KABUL: A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, on Sunday said that his comments about US President Donald Trump’s reelection were misinterpreted by a US news outlet.


CBS News, a US news agency on Sunday quoted Zabihullah Mujahid as saying, “We hope he will win the election and wind up U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.”


The source said that the group also expressed concern over Trump’s health after he was infected with the coronavirus. “When we heard about Trump being COVID-19 positive, we got worried for his health, but seems he is getting better,” another Taliban member was quoted by CBS.


However, Zabihullah Mujahid, in a tweet following the report, said that his remarks were wrongly interpreted.


“US news outlet @CBSNews has interpreted & published my remarks incorrectly. Nothing of the sort has been communicated as publicized by them.”


Based on the US-Taliban agreement signed in February, troops of the US and its allies are supposed to withdraw from Afghanistan by May next year.